PAS: Corruption still major problem

LENGTHY court trials, corruption and unstable laws are among the main obstacles to doing business in Slovakia, the Slovak Business Alliance (PAS) told the "Code of Ethics and Anti-corruption Measures" seminar on June 23.

"Any such problem is somehow linked to the morality and corruption of the business environment," PAS executive director Robert Kičina said.

Most of the entrepreneurs surveyed, Kičina added, said corruption is most present in public tender processes at the state or local government level. Bribes are offered for subsidies, EU funds and licenses, TASR wrote.

As for the unstable legislation, entrepreneurs sometimes find themselves at breaking the law because they cannot keep up with changes in legislation. In the past six years, there have been 136 amendments to the most important 10 laws, an average of one amendment every two and a half weeks.

To boost morality and ethics in the business and societal environment, PAS proposes make the judiciary more efficient and improving law enforcement. Transparency in public tendering and the allocation of subsidy and EU funds should also be highlighted.

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